Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir is one of Iceland’s most widely travelled classical musicians. Her musical education took her to The Juilliard School in New York at the age of 18 where she earned a Masters degree.
Her most influential teachers there were Paul Doktor, Felix Galimir and the members of the Juilliard String Quartet. After spending 5 years studying in the USA she wanted to get to know the music life in Europe, so she moved to Germany and joined the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss. During her time there she studied with Nobuko Imai in Detmold and participated in many master classes, courses and festivals such the Marlboro festival in the USA, Lockenhaus in Austria and Prussia Cove in the UK.
Ásdís’ main interest as a viola player has always been playing chamber music. She moved
back to the USA to be a founding member of the Miami String Quartet, but ultimately
preferred to live in Europe. She moved back to Germany and became the principal viola of
the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, joined the Belcanto String Trio and the
Mutare Ensemble and worked frequently as a guest of the Ensemble Modern and the
Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
In 1995 she moved to London to join the Chilingirian String Quartet, with whom she
travelled extensively, taught at the Royal College of Music and the Trinity College, played
and taught at festivals and courses around the world and made numerous radio and CD
recordings. She left the Chilingirian String Quartet in 2003 in order to have more time to
raise her two children and is now based in Amsterdam. She enjoys a mix of Chamber
music with musicians such as The Auryn Quartet, Philippe Graffin, Gary Hoffmann, Gordan
Nicolic, Raphael Wallfisch and Charlie Neidich; teaching and solo performing. She is a
member of the Endymion Chamber music Ensemble (London), the Erard Ensemble and
the Quimias Trio (Amsterdam), teaches at the Royal Conservatory at The Hague, and
every year at the International Masterclass Apeldoorn. She has performed and taught at
many festivals around the world such as the Festival Inverno at Campos De Jordao in
Brazil, Delft and the Kuhmo Festival in Finland.